The Space Program
SAGE-III Ready for Ozone Checkup
A third-generation investigation into the state of the ozone layer of Earth’s atmosphere is scheduled for launch to the International Space Station on the SpaceX-10 cargo ship. Marilee Roell of NASA’s Langley Research Center explains how the third iteration of the Stratospheric Aerosol and Gas Experiment will measure ozone, aerosols and other components of the atmosphere for scientists who hope to see an improvement in the atmosphere’s ability to protect the planet—and everyone and everything on it—from harmful ultraviolet radiation. For more on ISS science, visit us online: https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/research/index.html www.twitter.com/iss_research
Now’s the Time for Science in Space
It’s easier than ever for researchers to get their experiments on the International Space Station: chief scientist Dr. Julie Robinson says scientists from nearly 100 countries around the world have been able to take advantage of the station to do research as access and funding have opened up. Since the station has been hosting science for more than fifteen years now, there has been enough time for station research results to have become new products that are helping people in their daily lives on Earth, and she says the increased access of today will lead to a huge wave of new results in just the next few years. For more on ISS science, visit us online: https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/research/index.html www.twitter.com/iss_research
Jeff’s Earth - 4K
The first time you see Planet Earth from space, it’s stunning; when you’ve spent 534 days in space—more than any other American—it still is! On his most recent trip the International Space Station NASA astronaut Jeff Williams brought an Ultra High Definition video camera that he pointed at the planet 250 miles below; here he shares some of those images, and talks about the beauty of the planet, the variety of things to see, and the value of sharing that perspective with everyone who can’t go to orbit in person.
For long-duration space missions, whether to the International Space Station or to Mars and beyond, it’s important to be able to ensure clean air for crew members to breathe, and that’s the reason for Electronic Nose. Anna Grinberg, a systems engineer for microgravity payloads at Airbus, explains how E-nose analyzes the atmosphere inside the space station to provide rapid, advanced warning of potential contaminant build-up, and how it can provide potential benefits for life on Earth, too.
Since the days of Gemini all of America’s human spaceflight programs have been controlled by men and women stationed in one of several flight control rooms at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston: the International Space Station flight controllers recently moved into an upgraded facility in the room that hosted the teams during the first manned flights of Apollo and the space shuttle. Here’s a tour of “Mission Control Houston” through the years, from its first generation through the facility ready for the flights of Orion, the spacecraft that will take humans farther into space than they’ve ever gone before.
BEAM Me Up: Space Habitats
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Imagine living in a spaceship that arrives in space folded up before expanding…businessman Robert Bigelow’s dream is a lot closer to reality now that BEAM, the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module, is expanded and attached to the International Space Station. Over the next two years, BEAM will undergo a series of tests to validate the overall performance of expandable habitats where crews could live and work. BEAM is an example of NASA partnering with industry to enable the growth of the commercial use of space. You can learn more about BEAM here http://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/atoms/files/2016-march-beam-factsheet-508.pdf For more on ISS science, visit us online: https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/research/index.html www.twitter.com/iss_research
5 Things You Didn't Know About Peggy Whitson
With two trips to the International Space Station already under her belt, you might think we’ve heard all there is to hear about NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson…but you’d be wrong. Here the Iowa native and former chicken entrepreneur lets us in on five things we never knew about the station’s first-ever female commander as she heads back for a third tour of duty on orbit.
Everything About Living in Space
With only five minutes but an unlimited number of questions, you can find out what it’s really like to live on the International Space Station—if you also have NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman, who spent 165 days in space during Expeditions 40 and 41 in 2014. Listen as Wiseman answers the questions you would ask about real life in zero g: how big is the space station, is it very hot or cold there, was the food any good, did you prank-call anyone from orbit, and many many more.
NASA + JAXA = Partners in Space
NASA announced the continuation of the successful collaboration with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) with the recent signing of an agreement to encourage scientists from both countries to use International Space Station hardware located in both countries’ laboratories. JAXA’s Tetesuya Sakashita, the science integration manager for JAXA’s “Kibo” laboratory module, talks about plans to expand on investigations in microgravity including inviting more countries to participate in this unique orbiting laboratory. To learn more about this new program of cooperation, check out this recent article posted at NASA.gov.
The Highest Climb
Ascending the sheer face of a mountain cliff takes physical stamina and mental toughness; imagine what it takes when you’re more than a million feet above sea level, and the mountain is moving more than five miles a second? Welcome to spacewalking on the International Space Station! These images were captured during spacewalks performed by NASA astronauts Jeff Williams and Kate Rubins in August and September, 2016.
The Doctor Is In
Dr. Sanjay Gupta is a surgeon and the medical correspondent for CNN where his reports are watched by millions around the world. He was also one of the keynote speakers at the 2016 International Space Station R&D Conference in San Diego where he led a discussion with Mark and Scott Kelly, veteran NASA astronauts and subjects of the Twins Study. (Scott spent nearly an entire year in orbit collecting bodily fluid samples and conducting experiments on the space station. Meanwhile, his brother Mark would undergo many of the same tests and collect the same samples so scientists can compare data from genetically identical humans.) We caught up with Gupta after the talk in San Diego and he told us why he feels the station is such an important resource for science and if he would ever go into space himself.
A Gut Feeling
There’s three pounds of bacteria in your gut, and scientists are learning more about how those bacteria impact human health here on Earth and in space. Dr. Fred Turek of Northwestern University’s Center for Sleep and Circadian Biology is studying that bacteria in astronauts on the International Space Station to learn whether it could pose a threat during future missions out into the solar system.
Dan Goes to Kazakhstan
Four times a year, human beings plummet from outer space to land in the middle of Kazakhstan. Right now, crews serving on the International Space Station start and end their journeys in the central Asian country. When it’s time to come home, they strap in for a parachute landing in the middle of the spare and remote Kazakh steppe. To bring their crew members home, a small NASA team makes the trip from Houston to Kazakhstan. NASA’s Dan Huot filmed one such trip in June 2016 when NASA’s Tim Kopra landed with British astronaut Tim Peake and Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko. Strap in.
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